Bryan Oviedo is an attacking left wing back who can also operate left midfield. He has similar attributes to Pranjic who we tracked earlier in the summer in that he is versatile, good at crossing with a ‘sweet’ left peg to boot. He offers significantly better options than Pranjic in terms of pace, energy and at only 22 fits in with the clubs transfer policy of having sell on value. With his age he is also more malleable in terms of future development. Oviedo has been a regular starter for Copenhagen where he has won 2 Danish titles. Previously he plied his trade at Deportivo Saprissa who are based in his home country of Costa Rica.
We have had no like for like cover for Baines for a couple of seasons now and whilst we haven’t been caught with our pants down yet, Oviedo gives us something a bit extra and will also give Baines competition which is crucial in terms of keeping players on their toes. Its probable that this will allow young Luke Garbutt to go out on loan.
Steve Round appears to have done his homework on the scouting front…..
“I have seen him on a regular basis – I have been abroad and watched him, as have all the scouts and the manager. But as yet he is not our player. We have work permits to get. That is why the manager is not doing the press today – he is in London trying to tie that up and finalise it. Until it’s all done we can’t really comment too much, but I think later in the day it will all become clearer and when he puts pen to paper we can talk about the player. He can play left back, left midfield, and left wing – all the way down the left hand-side. That will give us good cover in our squad.”
EB Verdict: Done Deal.